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Breakfast & Innovation Stations (8:30a)
Innovation Stations are booths designed to take participants on captivating journeys of learning and innovation practices. Each station is designed to build on the skills, awareness, language, and attitudes necessary to enhance each participant’s understanding and competence in diversity, leadership and inclusion. You will be challenged to use your senses and your imagination, while building courage to seek common ground in our unique outlooks on life.
Welcome to Bloom! Connecting “Inclusion & Innovation” with Purpose (9:00a)
-Jada Monica Drew, CEO, Social Designs
“Inclusion Is…” Presenting Sponsor Opening Remarks
-Tommy Camp, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty
Organizations approach inclusion in different ways. The path of the leaders of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realty is unique. Learn about the strategy behind the senior-leadership approach to inclusion from the Chief Executive Officer.
Inclusion in Action: Curated Networking & Community Mapping
-Community Table Leaders
In the spirit of innovation, integration, and inspiration, attendees will participate in curated networking - a facilitated networking process designed to bring you face-to-face with other leaders to share interests and organizational needs. Collaborative learning develops high-level thinking. We want Bloom Inclusion participants to stretch their growth-mindsets early on. Why? It’s simple. We all need solutions to our organizational challenges in inclusion. Be prepared to make meaningful connections.
Keynote Address: Building Inclusion through Authenticity and Trust: Connecting Personal Growth and Unconscious Bias
-Dr. Dave McIntosh, Vice President & Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Health
As Maya Angelou once said “do the best that you can until you know better, and when you know better do better.” This prophetic quote is a perfect illustration of how we all do our best every day, especially as it relates to inclusion and diversity, but that we all have room to grow. In this presentation, we’ll use data to frame a new perspective to think about inclusion in novel ways. In this way, we’ll learn how to do better so that everyone can feel included, valued, and respected.
Innovative Solutions Session I
Healthy Culture & Compliance: Tools for Communication and Confrontation
-Dr. Zitty Nxumalo, Deftable
-Natalie Sanders, JD, Professional Business Cultures
Those leading inclusivity efforts in their organizations know how difficult it is to get people feel comfortable. Through this session participants will gain tools to recognize how to communicate productively about culture and compliance. Presenters will demonstrate how those tools can be put to work effectively to create healthy workplace cultures and ensure compliance with laws that promote diversity and inclusion.
Lunch & Panel Discussion (12:45p)
Innovative Inclusion: A Growth Mindset Conversation- Lunch Panel
We invite you to listen to a panel of leaders who practice growth mindset. Growth mindset refers to a learning theory developed by Dr. Carol Dweck. It is the belief that you can improve intelligence, ability and performance by believing in possibility. Our panelists denote the scarcity mindset and look towards creating inventive and inclusive environments for everyone. Learn about their individual growth, challenges, and how they consistently take leaps for inclusion and how their work impacts their organizations and the community.
PANEL DISCUSSION SPONSORS: Cone Health, HanesBRANDS, Inc., VF Corporation, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
-Moderator-Reginald Miller, Vice President, Global Inclusion and Diversity, VF Corporation
Innovative Solutions Session II
Sharpen Your Inclusion Edge: An 8 Step Approach
-Jada Monica Drew, CEO, Social Designs
Leaders often ask, “What is the cost-benefit of inclusion?” Participants will learn key strategies for developing the “Business Case” explaining the return on investing in inclusion. In this session, understand how you can advance inclusion in four key areas; hiring, on-boarding, branding and public relations.
Innovative Solutions Session III
Inclusive Leadership: Mindsets, Skillsets, and Measurements for High Performing Organizations
-Eric Polite, II, Eric Polite & Associates
-Jorge Zeballos, Kellogg Community College & Foundation
When organizations are more diverse and inclusive, employee performance and overall effectiveness increases. Inclusive leadership plays a critical role. This workshop is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of what it means to lead inclusively and how to activate the ability to leverage data in the change process to 1- Build commitment, 2- Enhance education & training, and 3- Measure progress.
Closing Remarks- Jada Monica Drew, CEO, Social Designs